Professional biography

Dale Stephens is the founder of which partners with universities to make the higher education practical and experiential. In May 2011, at age nineteen, Stephens was selected out of thousands of individuals around the world as a Thiel Fellow, a program recognizing the top young entrepreneurs around the world.

Penguin published his book, Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands and Learn More than Your Peers Ever Will, in April 2013. His work has been covered in national and international media including New York Magazine, CNN, ABC, NPR, and CBS. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Forbes.

Stephens speaks regularly at high-profile events around the world. He has debated education at TED, lectured at the New York Times, and spoken to C-level executives at NBC Universal, among many other engagements. In 2013, Forbes has recognized him as a 30 Under 30 Leader in education.

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What People Say About Dale

“Inviting Dale to be a speaker at Germany’s largest student entrepreneurship convention was a no-brainer. With his experience and perspective on education, he enabled the audience to think differently about their lifes and definitely did his bit to motivate the upcoming generation of entrepreneurs. After spending more time with Dale, one can only be amazed about Dale’s humbleness, dedication and cleverness.”
— Aydogan Ali Schosswald, President & Founder, EBS9
“Dale’s UnCollege message is provocative and important for all of us to hear. He delivered his compelling personal story with passion and a genuine spirit that wowed a theatre full of innovation junkies at BIF-7. If you get a chance to here Dale share his story, do it.”
— Saul Kaplan, Founder and Chief Catalyst, Business Innovation Factory

Some of my writing:

New York Times

Penguin USA

Fast Company

The Washington Post

New York Times Learning Network

A few appearances:

Katie Couric

The TODAY Show